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Competitions Subgroup


Promoting a wide spectrum of competitions that advances knowledge, skills and abilities to nurture and expand a diverse national talent pool. This subgroup will help to empower a public and private competition ecosystem by providing guidelines, standards, and best practices for players, teams, schools, sponsors and organizers. View the full Competitions Subgroup Charter here.

To join this group, email with the subject line: “Competitions Subscribe”, and with your full name and email address in the body of the message. This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Competitions Subgroup Co-Chairs:


Bradley Wolfenden, Business Development & Marketing Strategy, EmberSec


Amelia Phillips, Regional Director PRCCDC, CIS and Computer Science Departments, Cybersecurity and Forensics BAS Lead at Highline College

Active Projects: 

  • How to Build and Run a Competition - This is intended to be a basic guidebook on how to create your own competition. It is a living, breathing document that can be updated as things change. Version one will serve as a starting point. View the full project charter here
  • Guide for Competitors - The purpose of the guide is to provide information about the types of cyber competitions, recommended tools and training, and how to get started. The intended audience for the Guide for Competitors is both current competitors and also those interested in competing. View the full project charter here


Active Programs

  • Recent Competition Podcasts on the YouTube CyberFed channel:
    • Bill Doherty, Computer Science Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno - July 23, 2020
    • Mari Galloway, CEO, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu - July 20, 2020
    • Lisa Oyler, Teacher, Summit Technology Academy - July 11, 2020
    • Brad Wolfenden, EmberSec, NICE Competitions Subgroup Co-chair - June 30, 2020

See more Competition Podcasts on the YouTube CyberFed channel

Completed Projects:

The industry and academic leaders of the Competitions Subgroup are seeking input on interests and accomplishments in competitions. Provide your input here.



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    (301) 975-5048
    100 Bureau Dr.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Created April 24, 2017, Updated August 10, 2020